John 10:10 tells us that, "The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." (NLT). Notice the distinction between the purpose of a thief (representing evil) and the purpose of Jesus (representing good). I want to share three points that are helpful in reminding us - "Don't Let Your Guard Down".
1. Spiritual Vigilance
Jesus warns Believers about the presence of a thief (satan) who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. This is a reminder for all Christians to maintain spiritual vigilance, to be spiritual alert. Just as one wouldn't let their guard down in the face of a physical threat, Believers are encouraged to be awake and conscious of spiritual dangers. (Ephesians 6:10-18) This includes being aware of temptations, distractions, and influences that may lead them away from the abundant life that Jesus promises.
2. Abundant Life in Christ
The latter part of the verse highlights the positive aspects of Jesus' mission. He came to give abundant life to those who follow and obey Him. This abundant life brings with it spiritual fulfillment, joy, purpose, and eternal life. To fully experience this life, Believers are encouraged not to let their guard down against the negative forces that could hinder their relationship with God through Jesus. This involves staying connected to the Yeshua, seeking His guidance, and living in accordance with His teachings.
3. The Battle of Faith
"Don't let your guard down" implies a daily battle or struggle. In relation to our faith, this suggests that the Christian journey involves a continuous spiritual warfare. Believers face challenges, temptations, and attacks from the enemy. John 10:10 encourages us to stand firm, rooted in our faith, and to be aware of the spiritual battle around us. By doing so, we can resist the destructive influences of the thief and embrace the abundant life offered by Jesus.
This very familiar verse prompts Believers to remain spiritually vigilant, to embrace the abundant life offered by Jesus, and to recognize the ongoing battle of faith. As we have embarked on the new year, let this verse serve as a call to stay rooted in our faith and to be aware of the spiritual dynamics at play.
Remember also, that Jesus is for you not against you!